Sunday, 17 November 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews and books added



Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

These Clinical Overviews have been updated with latest evidence:

Books

Elsevier have also added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Fact checking sites - sorting the facts from the spin

With a general election weeks away, and claim and counter claim appearing in the media and online, coupled with the rise of "fake news" and "deep fake" videos, it is can be difficult to sift out the facts from the spin (or even misinformation).


However, there are some sites who do their very best to ensure factual analysis of the days news and deliver an unbiased, un-spun analysis.

We recommend starting with Full Fact. They are an independent charity who provide impartial analysis of news items and political claims and who even push to have misinformation corrected. Full Fact are transparent about their funding and the team who run the organisation and carry out the analysis. They are a great place to start if you want to get to the bottom of a news story.

There are also some other fact checking sites you may find useful:
  • Media Bias / Fact Check is a useful site that follows a strict methodology to assess the biases and the accuracy of media sources. It is a US based site, but also includes reviews of lots of UK based media outlets (e.g. The Daily Mail). A useful resource if you come across a site you are less familiar with or want to get a feel for the accuracy of your preferred media company.
  • Fact Check run by Channel 4, attempts to look at the truth behind news stories and the claims of political parties and "hold them to account"
  • BBC Reality Check as with Fact Check, the BBC service was set up to check and debunk misleading stories posing as real news.
Of course not every story will be covered by a fact checking service, so you will sometimes have to use your own judgement. Full Fact have developed a handy fact checking toolkit which offers simple practical tools to help you identify the accuracy of a story.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Library information skills training programme 2020

Need to find information to support your clinical practice? Need to make a decision but can't find the supporting evidence? Starting a course but can't find the study material? Found the evidence but unsure what it means? Going through nursing re-validation? We can help.

All of our training programme dates for 2020 are now available on the Library's web page.

Our courses are free to access for staff and attached students from Northamptonshire Healthcare and Northampton General Hospital.

They are aimed at both clinicians and managers who want to be able to find, evaluate and use the best possible evidence to support their decision making.

So what do we offer?

Tailored and one-to-one sessions

  • If you can't make one of our workshops we can arrange a one-to-one session with you, either at one of the libraries or in your place of work if it is suitable.
  • We can created a tailored session for your team or department and deliver it in any suitable location. From a 10 minute update on the library service to a full three hour training session, just let us know what you need.

Our scheduled workshops


  • The PreCourse Course
    If you are returning to study, or starting a formal academic programme for the first time, our PreCourse Course may be just what you need. This three hour workshop is designed to give you the information skills you need to make you studies that bit easier. The session cover things like finding the material on your reading lists, using databases and how to identify good quality information. It also covers searching for evidence and guidelines and how to access electronic journals. Everything you should need to get you started.
  • Literature Searching
    Our most popular course! If you need to access primary research, our literature searching course may be the answer.  This will enable you to effectively search a number of databases such as Medline, HMIC (healthcare management) or the British Nursing Index through the NHS's HDAS interface. We'll show you how to search, save your results and even access full text journal articles, straight from the databases.
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
    Once you have found the evidence, you need to know what it means and if you can rely on it, and that is where our critical appraisal skills sessions come in.Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal workshop will take you through the statistics, terminology and process, while our highly interactive Critical Appraisal in Action session gives you the opportunity to appraise a research article in a group facilitated by one of our librarians.
  • Evidence into Practice
    If you are a nurse undergoing revalidation, try our Evidence into Practice course. It offers the opportunity to refresh (or learn) your skills in searching for the latest evidence, while finding information that is relevant to your day to day work.Come to the course with a question related to your scope of practice and go away not only with updated skills, but also with evidence to feed back in to your department. You will log 2 hours and 30 minutes of CPD time and at the end of the session will complete one of the 5 reflective accounts required by the NMC for revalidation, based on what you have learned.

We run our workshops in a number of venues across the county:


If you have any questions or want to book a place on one of our workshops, you can find all the available dates and venues online or you can contact us for more information.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

New selection of books available to review

We need your help to buy the titles that you want to read.

We have a new selection of books on approval available for review at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

Every two months our supplier sends us a selection of new publications on relevant health topics which are available for you to review and suggest titles for us to purchase (or sometimes, not to purchase!).

Our new selection of approval books includes titles on:

  • Autism
  • Community healthcare
  • Medicine and medical education
  • Psychiatry, psychology and mental health
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Psychiatry
  • ...and more

Of course we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous On Approvals) on our web site and all of our stock via the library catalogue.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Disruption to guest Wi-Fi and library catalogue Wednesday 23rd October

IT are carrying out some essential upgrade work on Wednesday the 23rd of October  between 6.30 and 8.30 a.m.















During this period there will be:
  • No access to the guest Wi-Fi at any of the library sites
  • Intermittent loss of access to the library catalogue
  • No access to the NHFT Intranet

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews, journal and books added




Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.


Journal

Books

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Important notice for visitors to the Richmond Library weekend of the 19th and 20th of October

Due to resurfacing work at Northampton General Hospital, the access road to both car park number 2 and the Cripps car park outside the library will be closed from 7 am on Saturday the 19th of October and will not reopen until 5 pm on Sunday the 20th.


Visitors to the Richmond Library are advised to use different hospital car parks or Midsummer Meadow and not to leave their cars in either car park overnight on Friday the 18th or they will be trapped until 5 pm on Sunday.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Allied Health Professionals Day Monday 14th October

The second annual AHPs day takes place on Monday the 14th of October.

To celebrate the library service has put together a resource guide aimed at Allied Health Professionals with a wide variety of different resources to support clinical practice, education and research.

The  guide covers a selection of the different resources the library has to support AHPs in lots of different disciplines. In it you'll find links to electronic journals, databases, books and relevant organisations.

If you are a physiotherapist, OT, podiatrist, radiographer, speech therapist or one of the many other varieties of AHP, we hope you'll find it useful.

You can find the guide on our website here: https://www.nhft.nhs.uk/download.cfm?ver=32692

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Library staffing Wednesday the 16th of October

Due to training, the staffing of the libraries on Wednesday the 16th of October will be as follows:

Berrywood Library will be unstaffed from 1.30 pm

Isebrook Library will be closed from 1 pm

Richmond Library will be unstaffed from 1 pm

Access will still be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries for registered members as usual.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Databases out of action Sunday 22nd September

NICE are conducting some essential maintenance to HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advanced Search) starting on Sunday the 22nd September starting at 7 am.

The maintenance is scheduled to run until 7 pm

During this time HDAS will not be available.




There is also some maintenance being carried out on the OpenAthens system between 7 and 9 am on Monday the 23rd. This could also potentially cause problems with access to all of our electronic resources including journal, books and databases.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Monday, 16 September 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews, journal and books added


Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.


Journal



Books

Elsevier have also added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

UpToDate registration / drop in event for NGH staff Thursday 5th September



You may be aware that Northampton General Hospital has a subscription to UpToDate, which provides quick and easy access to synthesised evidence-based information on thousands of clinical topics and is an invaluable resource for all health professionals.

Staff can access UpToDate through a link on the front page of the intranet (without the need to log in) or online via OpenAthens. You can also access it via the UpToDate app (described as "one of the best apps in publishing" by EContent Magazine).

The Trust is holding a registration event on Thursday the 5th of September in the Cybercafe on Hospital Street from 10 - 1 pm.

Come along and get registered with UpToDate so you can use the app (available for iOS (Apple) or Android devices). You will also have the opportunity to put any any questions you may have about UpToDate or the app to Rob from the UpToDate team.